Spotlight On: The Atwater at McLean Memory Care Assisted Living

Located in a separate and safe neighborhood within the McLean Assisted Living Center, The Atwater at McLean provides a compassionate, inspiring, person-centered memory care assisted lifestyle. Our small, personal setting allows residents to live each day in a stimulating environment best suited to their individual needs. It features: 23 private and deluxe suites Balcony off the …

The Eye Test – Alzheimer’s Disease Detection at The Most Crucial Point

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, debilitating condition that is characterized by significant loss of memory. It is the most common form of dementia, and affects millions of people around the world. With no known cause or cure, it is quite understandable that Alzheimer’s remains a subject of much research and debate in the medical community. …

The Three Best Ways to Find Income Based Apartments for Seniors

Finding affordable housing for seniors can often be a difficult task, especially when financial resources are extremely limited. One possible avenue is to check into income based apartments for seniors that consider tenants’ income when determining the amount of the monthly rent. There are three potential resources that can provide help in locating available income …

Fighting Back the Fear of Falling

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” was a catchphrase popularized in the late 80s and early 90s based on a series of commercials aimed at getting elderly television viewers to purchase medical alarms. It would later go on to be used as a source of comedic relief by such iconic television characters like Steve …

What is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

Of the diagnoses involved with various types of dementia and their symptoms, frontal lobe dementia may go unnoticed due to its low rate of incidence. Although relatively rare, frontal lobe dementia is a combination of degenerative diseases that may produce some of the same symptoms as the more common vascular dementia. It is described as …

The Importance of Phones for the Elderly

Reliable communication is such a common, ordinary thing that we do not even think about it anymore. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 revolutionized the way we think about communication. Now, today, we have cell phones and email as well as landlines. But, to many of the elderly, a phone …

The Top Five Dementia Medications For Seniors

There is no cure for dementia, so in a best case scenario, medications that are currently available are only able to slow the rate at which the symptoms progress. Four out of the top five dementia medications are Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, also referred to as AChE inhibitors: Donepezil (Aricept) Galantamine (Razadyne) Rivastigmine (Exelon or the Exelon …

Announcing the “Baby Boomer Blues: Which Pills are You Popping” Infographic

We’ve just released our latest infographic: “Baby Boomers Blues: What Pills are You Popping?” The infographic takes a look at some of the most common health issues  senior citizens and Baby Boomers deal with on a daily basis (from Hypertension to Erectile Disfunction) and the specific medications they use to help deal with and ease …

The Average Cost of Senior Living: Can You Afford It?

The average cost of senior living can range from $500 to $1500 a month, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seniors residing in assisted living facilities have a monthly average cost ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 a month. The average cost of senior living varies by state and region, but expenses are …

Technology is Helping Seniors Keep in Touch

Assisted living facilities provide a lot of peace of mind for people who have elderly family members or friends who can no longer care for themselves on their own, but even with medical specialists checking in on them, it’s still helpful to keep in touch personally. Regular visits aren’t always possible, particularly for those who …

Convalescent Homes – Exploring Convalescent Homes for the Elderly

If you are a loved one or caretaker of an elder with long-term illness, a convalescent home may be something that you have considered looking in to. Convalescent homes are generally considered housing for elderly or ill patients to recover from long term illnesses. They offer specific and immediate medical care and support to post-surgical …

Announcing the Senior Housing Guide and Senior Housing Trends Infographic

For many seniors and their family members, the choices for senior citizen housing can be overwhelming. From aging in place with the assistance of caregivers in independent living communities or senior assisted living facilities, to more extensive care giving options for seniors with higher levels of acuity like memory care centers and skilled nursing facilities, …

MRSA UTI Prevention – 5 Contributing Factors to Developing a MRSA UTI in a Nursing Home

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) UTIs are increasing throughout the United States, and transmissions acquired in hospitals and care facilities are of particular concern. A MRSA UTI cannot be treated with traditional antibiotics and the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a growing problem, especially for the elderly living in residential care facilities, as more …

Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker Review

The Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker is a multipurpose health monitoring unit that has all of the functionality of a normal pedometer, but also features several additional features that are surprisingly useful for overall sleep health. Like a pedometer it can track your walking activity, and in addition also can monitor the quality of your sleep …

Weight Loss in Elderly Relatives: When Should You Worry?

As elderly relatives grow older, caretakers and relatives need to keep an eye on warning signs of problems. The signals come in many forms, and one common symptom the elderly experience is weight loss. Weight loss in the elderly, however, is not always a sign of a problem, which can make it particularly difficult to …

Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale Review

The Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale is a revolutionary scale that is meant to be one of the most accurate digital scales for home use, and it is especially useful for aging adults to keep track of their overall health. The clean design and ease-of-use are only a couple of the popular features of …

Recognizing Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in Elderly Patients

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disease that is characterized by body tremors, stiffness and difficulty moving. This disease is often difficult to diagnose in the elderly; thus, caregivers and family members should familiarize themselves with the symptoms of this disease. Body Tremors and Stiffness Body tremors and stiffness are two of the most common symptoms …

Withings BP800 Blood Pressure Monitor Review

Withings BP800 Blood Pressure monitor is a way for patients to work with their health care professionals to manage blood pressure and cardiovascular health using any Apple device, which in an of themselves represent state of the art technology. This blood pressure monitor is not only an effective way for patients to chart the readings …

10 Common Memory Loss Causes

Forgetting where you put your glasses or keys is a common trend even in younger adults. As we age, it seems that forgetfulness becomes more problematic and occurs more often, but what causes memory loss to begin with, and how can you tell if it’s something more serious? Understanding common memory loss causes is an …

The Leading Causes of Panic Attacks in the Elderly

Panic attacks in the elderly manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms: including trembling, sweating, rapid heartbeat and chest pain. Sufferers often feel as though death is imminent, although the attacks tend to be short-lived and are not dangerous. The problem is thought to be physical in origin, caused by an abnormality in a small …

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s – Are They the Same Thing?

As a person ages, their chances of being diagnosed with certain diseases grows with them. For example, the elderly are more susceptible to diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s than their younger counterparts. These two diseases commonly strike older patients and both are often used interchangeably when describing memory loss. What many people are unaware …

Getting Older is Not the End: Tips for Healthy Aging

There is no way to prevent the process of getting older. The years go by, and you may find your body changing year after year in response to further wear and tear. Your bones and muscles ache, stairs or walking long distances is harder, and your memory isn’t what it used to be. The whole …

What is Dementia and What Causes Dementia?

Individuals suffering from dementia have a loss in their mental functions affecting memory, reasoning, and thinking. Although not a disease, it is a group of symptoms caused by a disease or condition. However, pseudo or false dementia is treatable if, for example, it is due to an infection or certain nutritional deficiencies. Decision-making, language, learning, …

Pneumonia in the Elderly – Simple Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Pneumonia in the elderly may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and it results in an inflammation of one or both of the lungs. As circulation to the lungs decrease, oxygen in the blood declines. While cases of pneumonia can range from mild to severe, the elderly, along with children and people with weakened …

Top 20 Assisted Living Facilities in Massachusetts

Whether you’re preparing for the future or the need is now, being educated on the senior care choices available to you and your loved ones will help the transition from independent living to assisted living.  A quick search of assisted living facilities may leave you feeling a little overwhelmed, so we’ve broken it down for …

Assisting with Chemo Brain…or Avoiding It Altogether?

What is Chemo Brain? Many patients who have gone through chemotherapy complain of “chemo brain” after their treatment. This impairment includes difficulties in remembering things, completing tasks or learning new things. Some doctors will only refer to the symptoms as chemo brain if they don’t improve over time, or don’t go away. The duration of …

Nursing Shortage: What the Future Holds for Nursing Homes

The nursing shortage in the United States adds to the growing problem of how to provide appropriate care for senior citizens who need nursing home services. Nursing homes have lost funding in recent years; in addition, more and more senior citizens are in need of nursing home services. Thus, experts predict that by the year …

12 Daily Living Aids That Make Life Easier

As we get older, small annoyances in our daily life start to get more difficult. It can be harder to grip things, and vision and hearing may deteriorate. Fortunately, there are plenty of products and inventions that can be conveniently used as daily living aids, that can help make your life much easier. Reachers With …

Coping with Dementia: Joining Dementia Support Groups

Dementia is a syndrome that affects the elderly more than any other group. It can cause a greater degree of memory loss than is common with normal aging, even causing elderly people to become moody or hostile. Dementia causes a host of problems for both the sufferer and the friends and family, and because of …

Better Sleep Leads to Better Health

It’s easy to take sleep for granted. It’s one of those things most people don’t think about that much, but recent studies suggest that sleep may be directly linked to your overall health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, the average person needs about 6-7 hours of productive sleep each night. …

Spotlight On Jacqueline Marcell: ‘Elder Rage’ Author, Radio Host and Caregiver Advocate

This week’s spotlight is on Jacqueline Marcell who is an author, radio host, caregiver advocate, and Alzheimer’s speaker. Her personal story as caregiver to a challenging elderly father and sweet ailing mother, both with Alzheimer’s which went undiagnosed—and Jacqueline’s subsequent challenges as a breast cancer survivor, makes her a remarkable figure to watch and admire …

MRSA and the Elderly – The Real Risks and How to Prevent It

MRSA is the abbreviation for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive coccal bacterium. Prior to the development of penicillin, MRSA was the cause of death for many people. Usually death was caused by pneumonia, an infection of the lungs that was called ‘the old person’s friend’, meaning that a frail, sick, elderly person would be taken …

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

We’ve got some big news! Winners for The 2012 ALTY Blog Awards have been decided. You the voters have spoken and you’ve chosen this year’s best senior care and senior living blogs from across eight different awards categories. And you spoke loudly, with more than 12,000 votes being cast over the course of a month. …

Mesothelioma and Seniors: What You Need to Know

This article is a reprint courtesy of our friends over at Asbestos.com and was authored by Rachel Gilner, Outreach Coordinator. Mesothelioma is most commonly found in seniors, with the average age of diagnosis at 62 years old.  Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20-50 years, so an older demographic who may have been exposed in …

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Home Care Agencies

When the decision is made to provide a senior citizen with assisted care, there are a number of questions that should be kept in mind when talking to the various available home care agencies. Here are five questions to ask home care agencies in order to help you find the best match for your situation: …

Elderly Depression: 5 Effective Treatments

Elderly depression can often be difficult to treat due to the variety of factors that can contribute to depression in the elderly. Options for treatment of elderly depression seem more limited than those for younger individuals due to the higher likelihood of medical factors contributing to the disorder in senior citizens, dementia being particularly difficult …

5 Non-medical, Natural Alzheimer’s Treatments that Work

Alzheimer’s disease ranks sixth in the list of top mortality causes in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are 5.4 million people afflicted with the disease, and this number is expected to rise rapidly in the coming years as the baby boomer population ages. While we have yet to find a cure …

Sundown Dementia Episodes at Home: 3 Sundown Dementia Management Tips for Caregivers

Caregivers of family members with dementia often notice a particular set of symptoms that may start around dusk and last well into the evening. It is called sundown dementia, sundowner’s, or simply sundowning. The person with dementia usually becomes more disoriented, more agitated, more anxious, more confused and more unsettled during this time. This can …

Professional Caregiver Job Skills

Working as a professional caregiver requires understanding how to maintain quality standards in delivering care while providing consistent behaviors.  If you are exploring becoming a professional caregiver, you may apply for a part-time or full-time caregiving position on Caregiverlist.com (professional senior care companies subscribe to Caregiverlist’s hiring tools and hire new caregivers each week). Completing …

Senior Care Options: Nursing Home Costs and Ratings for Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

Seniors in the U.S.A. qualify for the government senior health insurance programs once they turn 65-years-old.  At this age, they must sign-up for either  Medicare or Medicaid.  Medicaid is the option for very low-income seniors with few financial assets.  The benefits are different for each of these insurance programs and Medicaid is provided in partnership …

Announcing the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

Welcome to the first annual Assisted Living Today Blog Awards, aka The ALTY Awards! The ALTY Awards is our annual blog awards event that will honor the best articles and blog posts from across the assisted living and senior care industry from the previous calendar year.The way the ALTYs work is our committee of writers …

Senior Site Spotlight: 55+ Magazine

This week’s senior spotlight is on “55+ Magazine,” South Florida’s preferred free bilingual senior magazine. 55 Plus Magazine offers a full directory of community resource organizations, hospital and hospices, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, home care, adult day care and other services in Southeastern Florida. 55+ Magazine, which is published in print on a quarterly …

Memory Impairment Q & A with Merilee Griffin of Memo Touch

We recently interviewed Merilee Griffin, PHD, the founder and president  of Memo Touch. Dr. Griffin developed Memo as an interactive device to help those with memory impairment maintain their independence as long as possible while helping to lessen the demands placed upon caregivers.  She cared for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and recognized that there was a need for a simplistic and …

Spotlight On: The Pavilions at Forrestal

For many older adults, a debilitating illness, a catastrophic fall or even a planned surgery like a hip replacement can take more rehabilitation than anticipated.  Often, skilled nursing facilities provide the much needed therapy in order to get the patient back home. But in some instances, the skilled need of a nursing home is gone, but …

When to Hire an Elder Care Attorney

If you have a loved one living in an elder care center, you will typically want to monitor their care to ensure the comfort and safety of the person. Neglect is a serious concern for those who have family members living in nursing homes or other care facilities for the elderly. While accidents can happen, …

Senior Site Spotlight: The Other Side of 50 (TOS50.com)

This week’s senior spotlight is on “The Other Side of 50,” which is a great online community and online forum for seniors for anyone on the “other side of 50.” TOS50.com offers baby boomers and others over 50 some fantastic resources as well, which include: A Financial Fitness Section with article on senior financial planning, …